University Education: Leadership Development In and Outside the Classroom

Suzanne L. Velázquez

in The Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195390483
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

University Education: Leadership Development In and Outside the Classroom

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This chapter illustrates model student leadership development programs offered at institutions of higher education and discusses leadership competencies needed to succeed in today’s global job market and our diverse society. Highlighted programs are rooted in developmental theories, such as Chickering’s psychosocial theory; function within proven frameworks, including the Social Change Model of Leadership and Leadership Challenge; and include service-learning projects to optimize transformative learning and ethical leadership. The chapter concludes with areas for further research related to the sustainable impact of leadership development programs, as well as content and delivery methods of student leadership development programs that are tailored for diverse learners, including nontraditional-aged college students and students of varied cultural ancestry, such as Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indigenous Peoples.

Keywords: civic engagement/civic responsibility; developmental theories; diversity; ethical leadership; higher education; college; university; leadership certificate programs; Leadership Challenge; leadership competencies; learning environments; model student leade

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Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Educational Psychology

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